Monash President’s announcement – Friday 16th July 2021

Published on 15th July 2021 in Uncategorised

With the Government’s advice that lock-down will continue for at least another 2 weeks, we continue to review and refine just how we best meet members’ expectations. In addition, we need to overlay the need to preserve the condition of the course given poor recent weather and record round numbers. Finally, as a club, we need to ensure we continue to meet the Government’s stringent lock-down laws.

For those who are eligible to play at Monash, please spare a thought for the approximately 45% of Monash members who are ineligible to play there, due to geographical restrictions. Even with these ineligible members, pressure on our time sheets means that we continue to have wait lists on our main playing days, clearly demonstrating the impact of COVID requirements.

With the above in mind I am pleased to advise that the following changes have been made to course operations:

  • Pymble and Monash Golf Clubs have entered into a reciprocal arrangement whereby each club will provide two tee times (for two) for the other club on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays (for 7 day members only) and Sundays. These spots booked through the Monash Timesheets, can only be used by members who are currently ineligible to play at Monash and who meet the Government’s LGA or 10 kilometre rule for Pymble GC.
  • We are currently in discussion with other clubs and hope to be able to announce further reciprocal arrangements in the near future, although clearly we are unable to guarantee anything.
  • The interval between groups has now been reduced to 7 minutes. This will allow an extra 8 or so groups per day.
  • Members are encouraged to try and complete their rounds between 3 hours and 3 hours 10 minutes of commencement. The average round is currently taking 3 hours 20 minutes, which is good. However, a slight improvement in your speed of play will allow us to look at other ways we can maximise the tee times available for eligible members, thus assisting in everyone getting a game.
  • As an important financial measure due to lock-down effected revenue reductions, compulsory competitions will now apply every day (except Thursday) for all tee times up until 1.30pm.
  • Rob Sain and his team continue to push ahead with the major course projects and with fingers crossed for some dry weather over the next week or so, we should see solid further progress.

Thanks to all for your ongoing consideration and understanding during these testing times. For those of you who are eligible, enjoy your golf and don’t forget to repair all divots and pitch marks. For those outside eligibility, hopefully you can eke out a game somewhere or even better, we are able to expand the reciprocal arrangements more broadly.


Jeff Bresnahan


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